Punk n’ roll newcomers Simple Plan have reached an impressive milestone: the critically acclaimed five-piece punk outfit’s debut album No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls is officially platinum, signifying sales of more than 1 million units sold. The band’s endless globetrotting tour schedule, energetic live shows and massive radio support have made Simple Plan one of the biggest success stories of the year.
No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls spawned the incredibly catchy hit singles I’d Do Anything and Addicted. I’d Do Anything peaked at # 15 on the Top 40 chart while Addicted rose to # 10. The band’s current single Perfect which just went to radio, could become the band’s biggest single to date. Currently, Perfect is ranked #3 on MTV’s TRL and is the #2 most downloaded video on the channel’s website.
Simple Plan’s debut was released on Lava Records March 5, 2002 and it’s been quite a journey since. The band’s humble beginnings began opening for punk icons Green Day, blink-182 and then moved on to subsequent tours with Good Charlotte, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Avril Lavigne and others. Simple Plan most recently completed a headline stint on this year’s Warped Tour and will soon announce a North American headline tour (with soon to be announced special guests) which will kick off in early November and run through January 2004. The band also plans to release a DVD, which is scheduled for release this November.
In addition, Simple Plan also were honored with a hard-earned MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best New Artist and won the MuchMusic People’s Choice Award. The band also did television appearances on Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Pepsi Smash and a variety of MTV programming.